April 7, 2023
7:00 PM EST
Cost: $ 10

Event Description:

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) presents  “Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance,” hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace. The signature series, now in its 13th season, continues to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage.

Friday, April 7th Walking With Whitman will feature poets Canio Pavone, founder of Canio’s Books in Greenport, New York, and Paula Curci, the 2022-2024 Nassau County, New York, Poet Laureate. The evening will also feature live music by Singer-Songwriter Linda Sussman.  Join us for this exciting event!

Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. There is a $10 entry fee for this event that will be collected at the door or can be paid in advance, see button below.



Canio Pavone is founder of Canio’s Books, an independent bookstore and one of Sag Harbor’s true institutions. He ran the bookstore from 1980-1999 and can still be found there on select Mondays. The bookstore features new, used and collectibles, is well known as a literary gathering place.

During his tenure at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, Canio taught romance languages, including Italian and Spanish, and was the first teacher on Long Island to be accredited to teach Japanese.

In 1990, he retired from teaching to start his own small press, Canio Editions, dedicated to publishing Long Island Poets and and writers, a notable venture.  Canio received an honorary doctorate in letters from Southampton College.


Paula Curci was affirmed the 2022-2004 Nassau County Poet Laureate. She is an award-winning performance poet, radio broadcaster and counselor. Paula is a Journal to the Self™ Certified Journal instructor and co-hosts an open mic at the Long Beach, NY, Library where she spearheads the “It’s a Shore Thing” micro-memoir project.

Presently she hosts and produces Calliope’s Corner – The Place Where Poets and Songwriters Meet on WWW. WRHU.ORG and 88.7FM Radio Hofstra University.  Paula also produces What’s the Buzz ®, a public service announcement segment. She currently serves as  the Poet in Residence for WRHU.  Paula is a co-founding member of the poetry and music band, the Acoustic Poets Network ™ and is known for theg esthetic style of poetry she calls Posics™.

Paula has published three chapbooks: “One Woman’s Cathartic Release in Poetry”, “The Gift of Thanksgiving” and a print version of her CD lyrics called “Done That: Poetry and Posics™” and her work has also appeared in several anthologies. She has also produced three spoken word CDs with the Acoustic Poets Network ™.

As a School Counselor for more than thirty years, Paula directed several youth development service-learning programs. She is a Steer Clear of Bullies© elementary school presenter. Steer Clear is an anti-bullying and violence prevention program provided to schools from the Safe Center of Long Island.  She is also  a certified Journal to the Self ™ journal writing instructor and has presented Poetry as a Therapeutic tool to counselors at LICAC. She was also a presenter at the WWBA-Pow Wow.

Paula has worked in broadcasting for over twenty  years and was awarded a GRACIE from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, for her informational broadcast on the “Female Face of Alzheimers.”

Paula studied Psychology and Communications at Adelphi University, where she is a proud alumnus of both the WE CARE Crisis Hotline and WBAU.  She received her Master’s in School Counseling Education and an Advanced Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from C.W. Post-Long Island University.


Linda Sussman (LindaSussman.com) is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose versatile vocals and guitar style cross boundaries of alternative-folk and blues. Her music, which has ranked #1 on the Roots Music Report’s weekly Alternative Folk Album Chart, spans universal topics from heartache and triumphs to calls for social justice and can be heard on radio programs in both the US and abroad. The many stages she has played range from the iconic New York City venue The Bitter End to Radio Bean in Burlington, VT. Over the past five years, Linda has released four full-length albums and several singles, all of which are available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, etc.



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This program is made possible with funds from Poets and Writers, Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, NY State Parks, Suffolk County, Town of Huntington, and NYS Council on the Arts through Huntington Arts Council.